You can never have too much insight from great climbers on their technique. Steph Davis has an article on her blog, High Places, discussing her techniques for climbing cracks (via splitterchoss.com). The key to pure crack climbing, as with every type of climbing, is the feet. I like to start from the basics, which with […]
I just read the hangboard review in the new issue of Climbing and the Moon Fingerboard has really caught my eye. From Moon: As with all Moon products our design philosophy is definately less is more and the Moon fingerboard is no exception. Do not be conned into buying a fancy fingerboard at a high […]
The May issue of Climbing Magazine has a training tech tip tucked away that my climbing partner recently pointed out to me. This short article gives an overview of upper-body Tabatas, a technique that promises increases in both power and endurance – quite possibly the holy grail of training for climbing. So, what are Tabatas? […]
The scourge of many climbers, poison ivy is often a mystery to us. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve witnessed several climbers arguing amongst themselves at the crag over what is or what is not poison ivy. Three leaves someone says. Well, look around, every damn plant here has three leaves! To add […]
A University of Tennessee study has shown that rock climbing does not increase the risk of osteoarthritis in the hands and fingers (Forbes). This is good news for climbers because even if the reverse were true and climbing did cause arthritis, we wouldn’t stop climbing anyway… The researchers compared 27 rock climbers and 35 non-climbers […]
A recent study found that indoor rock climbing has a low risk of injury and is 10 times safer than soccer. The study was published by the quarterly medical journal Wilderness and Environmental Medicine (PDF) by the Wilderness Medical Society. From the scotsman.com, The study by German researchers was based on the rates and types […]
I’m skeptical that slacklining actually helps all that much for climbing, but we like to have fun with it anyway. Here’s an article from WikiHow on how to walk a slackline. RockClimbing.com also has a detailed article on one person’s slackline setup with nice pics.
Climbing Magazine has all their tech tips nicely listed on their site now.
I stumbled across a provocative set of articles discussing the treatment of climbing injuries from an Eastern medical perspective (primarily using acupuncture). From Acupuncture Today, here are the links to these articles: Treating Common Wrist and Finger Injuries and Integrating Medical Philosophies, Part One Treating Common Wrist and Finger Injuries and Integrating Medical Philosophies, Part […]
Eric Horst has a great blog hosted on the MountainZone.com conglomerate. Not sure how I missed this as Eric has blog archives dating to last May. I probably missed it because it is on the MountainZone site. Nothing against them, but I’ve never been a big fan of these all-in-one outdoor sports sites. Just my […]